A few weeks ago I was thinking how much I love the combination of orange and cranberry. (It may have had something to do with me dreaming about that cranberry orange bread?) Anywho….Since it was breakfast time as I was pondering my addiction to food, (let’s just call it what it really is!), I realized I was also craving … donuts, waffles, bagels, skillet breakfast, quiche….I digress… Argh…where was I? Oh, I was craving pancakes! Yes! That’s it! I was craving pancakes!
Then I had a moment of true brilliance… (we celebrate that around here…it doesn’t happen that often at my age…a good day is remembering where I parked the car at Wal-mart!)…What if you could combine that amazing Orange Cranberry Bread and Pancakes! Ya know… marry them together! THAT would be a happily ever after! Who wouldn’t want that?
So, I jumped right up and whipped up, in my very humble opinion, this amazing recipe for fresh cranberry orange pancakes with a fresh cranberry orange rum syrup! (I know…I teared up too…Your welcome!)
They start out with my basic buttermilk pancake recipe. Then you add chopped fresh cranberries (careful…they’re slippery buggers!) and two Tablespoons of orange zest!
Why are we chopping the cranberries? Because we have a limited “bake” time with pancakes and we want them to cook through. So get to chopping! Chop-chop!!!
The plus of this recipe is that you can cook a batch regular pancakes first for all those “picky pancaker’s” (Yes, I said pancaker’s! lol It’s my personal goal in life to torment all my former English teachers! I think I get an A+) Next, add in the chopped cranberries and orange zest. Personally I’d skip the plain buttermilk and go straight for the loaded fruity pancakes! These are so yummy!
Pour a scoop of batter onto your hot griddle. Once they are bubbling and some of your bubbles have popped check to see if they are ready to flip.
So…I have this pet peeve! (Here we go again…sorry folks!) Some “cooks” tell you not to flip until ALL the bubbles have popped. That’s fine if you like eating Charcoal for breakfast! I’m not a big fan of the smokey flavor of burnt flap jacks! It’s just a personal preference! (insert eye roll) See the pancake below…the bubbles around the edges have begun to “pop” and those bigger bubble are about ready to “pop”. This pancake is perfect for flipping. If you wait for all those bubbles to pop we can’t be friends! lol 😉
Seriously, you want beautiful golden pancakes just like in the picture below. Sigh…don’t those look amazing! I love the dots of red cranberry! These are wonderful light flavorful pancakes and so tasty! Such a treat from the norm.
Who doesn’t love a short stack of pancakes….Okay…maybe it’s a “tall” stack. Perception is relative! To quote my friend Goldilocks “They look just right!” to me.
Now, let’s talk about syrup. The pancakes are really good. They have to be topped with something that will enhance the flavor even more. This syrup fills that job requirement perfectly! The syrup is OUT OF THIS WORLD!
Tip: Make the syrup several days ahead of time and store it in your refrigerator. It stores beautifully and you can always heat it up right before serving with your pancakes.
In a medium sauce pan place 2 cups of fresh cranberries, 1 cup orange juice, 1 1/4 cup light corn syrup and 2 tsp. rum extracts. Bring to a low boil and boil till cranberries pop and are soft.
When the cranberries have cooked down they should be soft and mushy.
Place a metal strainer with small mesh over a bowl and pour cranberry mixture into the strainer. Using a rubber spatula or spoon gently push as much juice through the strainer as possible. What you should have left in the strainer is the cranberry pulp.
In the bowl beneath you should have a beautiful bright red delicious cranberry orange rum syrup. It will thicken even more once you refrigerate it. Syrup thickens as it cools and thins when heated up.
Now you’re ready for the most amazing explosion of flavors your mouth has ever had in the morning! This will wake you up and have you saying “Good Morning Sunshine! ” There ya go… You’ve just started your day off right!
I made these for Thanksgiving morning breakfast. I was stuck with a bunch of “plain pancakers”! It was sad and pathetic! They had no idea what they were missing out on! It’s like Christmas on a plate! In a PANCAKE! My sister-in-law loved them. I inhaled them! Honestly, they are my new favorite pancake! So delicious and pretty! I’d wake up for these on Christmas morning!
One other little tip that really helped on our busy Thanksgiving morning…I mixed up all the dry ingredients a few days before hand, placed it in a ziplock bag and wrote on the outside what wet ingredients I needed to add to it to make the pancake batter! It worked out beautifully!
Thanks for stopping by today! Whip up a batch of these for breakfast this weekend and give them a try…if your a cranberry orange lover like me, you’ll love them!